neuromimesis

neuromimesis

Medicine. a psychosomatic disease. — neuromimetic, adj.
See also: Nerves
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(23) The symptoms Armand exhibits point to a case of what nineteenth-century medical discourse called "contagion nervosique" of neuromimesis. The Grand Dictionnaire Universel du XIXeme siecle defines this type of contagion in the following manner: "La contagion nerveuse est une manifestation morbide toute particuliere; l'agent contagieux est ici insaisissable et, pour ainsi dire, abstrait.
Neuromimesis - the imitation by an audience of what they view, even if this is disease - is the subject of chapter three, and this perhaps covers the most interesting and fully worked-out theoretical considerations.